13September is an important month for Prisoner of War (POW), Missing in Action (MIA) families as National POW/MIA Recognition Day takes place on the third Friday in September. On September 9, the POW/MIA luncheon committee will come together to shed light on a solemn issue that has touched the lives of countless families and individuals throughout our nation's history - the plight of our Prisoners of War (POW) and Missing in Action (MIA) heroes. It's time to pay tribute, remember their sacrifices, and extend our unwavering support to their families who continue to wait for their return.

This event will be the first of its kind statewide in North Carolina and will include a memorial service to honor our special guests, as well as distinctive recognition for those who remain Missing in Action. A catered lunch is provided to all attending, including veterans and their families. Each POW and/or their family and each MIA family will receive a thoughtful gift as a way to acknowledge their sacrifice and know they are not forgotten.

Join us for an extraordinary event that will stand tall, solely dedicated to honoring our POWs and MIAs like never before. This is a rare opportunity to focus solely on their stories, their bravery, and the resilience of their loved ones. What can you expect at this luncheon?

1. Unforgettable Remembrance: Immerse yourself in a powerful atmosphere of remembrance as we share stories of heroism and sacrifice. Let us unite in preserving the memory of those who stood tall in the face of adversity.

2. Stand Together: This event provides an exclusive platform for us to collectively recognize the tremendous sacrifices made by our brave servicemen and women. Together, we can amplify their voices and ensure they are never forgotten.

3. Empowerment & Support: By attending this event, you are directly contributing to supporting POW/MIA families through various initiatives and organizations. Let's show them that we stand by them every step of the way.

Mark Your Calendar for Saturday, September 9,  at 12 p.m. The location for the luncheon will be The Crown Expo, 1960 Coliseum Drive, Fayetteville. The attire will be more semi-formal or business dress, while others will wear military uniforms, or their “Sunday Best."  Above all, we want you to be comfortable.

Be part of this historic occasion as we rally around our POWs and MIAs. Remember, while they may be included in other events from time to time, it is rare to witness an event dedicated solely to honoring these heroes. Please don't miss out on this opportunity!

Together, we make a difference - one heartfelt tribute at a time!

Tickets for general admission are $25.00 and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Free $25 tickets have been set aside for active-duty soldiers. Anyone interested can email POWMIAEventTickets@gmail.com.
Sponsorships are still available: the levels include Red $100, White $250, Blue $500, Home of the Free $1,000 and Because of the Brave $2,500+ Visit https://ncpowmia.com/become-a-sponsor/ for sponsorship benefits. For additional sponsorship questions you can reach Durwood Lassiter at dl@josephcwoodard.com.

This event is organized by The Purple Heart Foundation of North Carolina, a 501-C-3 charitable organization composed of volunteers from throughout the state along with a local committee vice-chaired by Army veteran Andrea Tebbe and Sgt Major Ruby Murray. The program will include the posting of colors by the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry, the POW Walk of Honor under crossed sabres, patriotic music, and the presentation of gifts.

For more info, visit https://www.ncpowmia.com or call 910-286-6068.

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